as a candidate, presidents can't do much of what they want without a cooperative congress, which brings us to the u.s. house currently run by republicans who hold 240 seats compared to 190 held by democrats. to take control next january, democrats need a net gain of 25 seats in november. at the democratic convention earlier this month, house democratic leader nancy pelosi told reporters she's looking for a 27 seat pick-up. that would put her in line to regain the speakership. she is expecting victories in texas, california, illinois, new york, washington state, and arizona. democrats are also eyeing power changing winds in the presidential battleground states of florida, ohio, iowa, and nevada, and there is even talk about montana where the house seat has been republican for 15 years. we should stress that most polls point to and most political forecasters predict that democrats will gain seats, but not enough to win the majority.